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COUNTY POISED TO SET SIGHTS ON WILD PIG POPULATION IN EAST COUNTY

A HERO WITH A HEART: BILL WALTON CHAMPIONS DRIVE TO BUILD GYM FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB IN LA MESA

RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADERS OFFER HOPE AMID DESPAIR TO PERSECUTED IRAQI CHRISTIANS AT PRAYER VIGIL IN EL CAJON

THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT PRAYER VIGIL FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS TONIGHT

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

DESPITE MONITORING, SEX OFFENDER BREAKS INTO HOME, MOLESTS 70-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

CHRISTIAN HOMES MARKED, FAMILIES KILLED: EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS RALLY FOR HELP TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS

VINES AND WINES: INTRODUCING A NEW COLUMN FOR WINE LOVERS

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JAMES KIMBER TREATS HOMELESS VETERANS AT STAND DOWN

THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH HEAT ON THE HORIZON THIS WEEK

STARS SHINE AT LES MISÉRABLES ATOP MOUNT HELIX—JULY 17-AUGUST 2, 2014

RALLY TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS: FRIDAY, JULY 18


READER’S EDITORIAL: FLUSH THE WATER BOARD! CANDIDATES NEEDED TO CLEAN UP HELIX DISTRICT

By Kristin Kjaero

August 1, 2012 (La Mesa)--The deadline to run for Helix Water District Board is August 10 and no challengers have returned papers. We need good candidates to replace incumbents!

This is the Board that CalAware forced to redo a rate hike for Brown Act violations.

The bright spot on this rubberstamp board, Kathleen Hedberg, is the only director to ask questions or appear to understand materials. The others exude paternalistic arrogance and dismiss anyone speaking at public meetings. Their vindictiveness towards Hedberg for not being “their kind” of team player led them to muzzle requests for information, skip her turn as board vice president and remove her from outside boards.

STAGE READING FOR RESCUE AT PINE RIDGE TONIGHT

Novel celebrates Buffalo Soldiers’ historic rescue of the 7th cavalry

August 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Camp Lockett in Campo, a now-sleepy border town in San Diego’s East County,  was the last home of the Buffalo Soldiers.  Best known as the all-black cavalry brigade that fought valiantly in the Civil War, the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers were also lauded for their rescue of  7th Cavalry soldiers from hostile Indians.  The novel Rescue at Pine Ridge, by Erich Hicks, culminates in this rescue,  also shining light on the heart-wrenching  and often brutal resettlement of Native American tribes 14 years after the massacre at Little Big Horn.

Hicks has completed a screenplay for a film trilogy based on the book, garnering support from acclaimed actor/director Bill Duke.  Tonight at 7 p.m., a stage reading will be held at the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, 4130 Overland Avenue in Culver City. The event is open to the public; RSVP at (818)760-9948. 

Actors in the production Table Read are:

Starring: Keith David in the role of Sergeant George Jordan / Medal of Honor recipient & Certificate of Merit.
Starring: Richard Gant in the role of Sergeant Thomas Shaw / Medal of Honor recipient.
Starring: Brent Jennings in the role of William Othello Wilson / Medal of Honor recipient.

ANOTHER POWER OUTAGE SATURDAY MORNING IN LA MESA

August 2, 2012 (La Mesa)—For the second weekend in a row, La Mesa residents will experience a scheduled power outage, SDG&E has announced. The power will go out at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 4 and is expected to last up to five hours. 

HEALTH CARE LAW’S PROVISIONS FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH TAKE EFFECT; FREE PREVENTATIVE CARE NOW AVAILABLE

August 2, 2012 (Washington D.C.)  Effective August 1, 47 million women across America have access to eight new prevention-related health care services without paying more out of their own pocket, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday.  

The new benefits range from wellness checkups to domestic violence screenings, birth control, and free screenings for HIV (the AIDS virus), sexually-transmitted diseases, and gestational diabetes.  The benefits are required to be covered free under many, though not all, healthcare plans.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
August 2, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
 
 
 

U.S.

  • Romney would let wind energy tax credits expire, campaign says (Denver Post)
  • Leaders have agreement to avoid pre-election government shut-down (The Hill)
  • Scathing report on for-profit colleges and their $32 billion in tax dollars (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  • Congress warned that Al Qaeda in Iraq is coming to America (Jewish World Review)
  • Scalia: Guns may be regulated (National Journal)
  • More worries for the wealthy? Inheritance taxes to jump unless Congress acts (Christian Science Monitor)
  • U.S. raises taxes on Chinese wind turbine makers (NY Times)
  • 14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever (Wonkblog)
WORLD
  • India blackout affects millions, grid failure among world’s worst power outage (Reuters)
  • Japan utility gets $12.8B nuclear crisis bailout (UT San Diego)
  • Cuba broadens economic reforms, plans new measures (Reuters)
  • In pictures: Olympics opening ceremonies (BBC)
  • Thousands flee amid growing ethnic violence in India (NPR)
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

FIRE FEES JEOPARDIZE MUTUAL AID, FIRE DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION WARNS

By Miriam Raftery

August 1, 2012 (Sacramento)—The Fire Districts Association of California has sent a letter to its members advising that the State is preparing to notify property owners within State Responsbility Areas (SRA) of the new $150 annual fee for fire prevention services under Assembly Bill 29—even if people are within an existing fire district.

“The local fire districts are placed in the unenviable position of shouldering the day to day expenses of providing services, while onerous fees are imposed on their constituents without any direct benefit to the jurisdictions,” states the FDAC, which opposed the bill and warns that the measure could imperial public safety.

VINTAGES TO SAVOR AT THE BACK COUNTRY WINEMAKING TOUR


By Miriam Raftery

July 29, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s one of our region’s best-kept secrets.  The Back Country Winemaking Tour, which swiftly sells out each year, is a great way to meet local vintners and savor the fruits of their labors—all with a designated driver aboard an air-conditioned bus.

This year’s tour rolled into four diverse wineries in Ramona and Warner Springs, where participants sipped, savored, and partied their way across the sun-drenched countryside in East County.

ALPINE KEYBOARD ARTISTS WIN NATIONAL COMPETITION

 

By Suzie Steenbergen 
 
 
August 1, 2012 (Alpine) -- Every year, over 100,000 piano students from all across the country participate in the National College of Musicians’ piano auditions. This year, Alex Speck, Ashley Hoffman, Avery Howard, Mia Moran, Sophia Parsons, and Rhianna Speck  entered the competition. They each played several songs in the presence of a professional adjudicator chosen by the Piano Guild of America. All received the highest scores possible for their level.

 

THE FUTURE OF THE SOLAR INDUSTRY

 
By Leon Dale Thompson
 
August 1, 2012 (San Francisco) -- The future for solar power is bright—based on the exciting innovations at the InterSolar North America conference for solar energy professionals. Consumers can also look forward to solar that’s more affordable than ever before, thanks to advances exhibited at the world’s largest trade show in the heart of North America’s biggest solar market.

EARTHTALK® E - THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE

 
Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss
 
August 1, 2012 -- Dear EarthTalk: I couldn’t believe my ears: “genetically engineered mosquitoes?” Why on Earth would they be created? And I understand there are plans to release them into the wild?
                                                                                      -- Marissa Abingdon, Sumter, SC

EL CAJON CENTENNIAL PRESENTS HISTORICAL SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

 

August 1, 2012 (El Cajon)--As El Cajon celebrates 100 years as a City, some may wonder how the City came to be, who were the early settlers, and what life was like 100 years ago? 

As part of the Centennial Celebration, the City, the downtown El Cajon Library and the El Cajon Historical Society will present an exciting series of historical speakers. “Journey to our Historical Past,” will feature a variety of historians sharing their stories on the first and third Thursday of the month beginning August 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at El Cajon library, 201 East Douglas Avenue. The schedule is as follows:

PERUVIAN DELIGHTS AT ANDIAMO! ON AUGUST 11

 

July 31, 2012 (San Diego) --  Andiamo! Ristorante Italiano is offering a night of Peruvian cuisine on August 11, beginning at 5 p.m. at 5950 Santo Road in Tierrasanta.  The evening will include live music from the coast of Peru as interpreted by singer Miguel Angel and accompanied by Angelo Salazar on acoustic guitar and Richard Gomez on cajon (Peuovian box).

2ND ANNUAL SUMMER IN JAMUL PARTY AUGUST 18

July 31, 2012 (Jamul) -- Reno’s Pub & Grub is hosting its 2nd Annual “Summer in Jamul” Party August 18, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 14019 Campo Rd., Jamul.  The afternoon will include music and craft booths on the patio.  Featured food will be Ivan’s “Smoking Hole” BBQ, burgers and more.  Beer and wine will be available.

For more information call 619-303-0127 or visit www.renospubandgrub.com.  

 

SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS IN LAKESIDE AUGUST 10, 17, 24

July 31, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is holding social media workshops in August at Willowbrook Golf Course, 11905 Riverside Dr., Lakeside.  Each workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The workshop schedule is as follows:

 

August 10 – Facebook
August 17 – LinkedIn
August 24 – Twitter

CAL FIRE: WIND TURBINE GENERATOR CAUSED WILDLAND FIRE THAT CHARRED 367 ACRES

By Miriam Raftery

July 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – With County Supervisors poised to consider approval of Tule Wind and a wind ordinance that could open much of fire-prone East County to wind energy development, a wildland fire that started at a wind turbine facility in Riverside County last month provides fuel for opponents concerned about fire risks posed by industrial-scale wind projects.

“The fire started with the windmill itself,” Captain Greg Ewing with Cal Fire/Riverside Fire Department informed ECM today.

Despite extensive area cleared around the base of each  turbine, Ewing said, the blaze still spread into a wildland fire that swiftly engulfed 367 acres. If not for prompt reporting by a witness, it could have been far worse.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WILD RIDES AT THE BULLS ONLY RODEO

 
 
July 29, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Barry Claessens (www.bcphotography.biz) snapped these action shots at the Optimist Club's "Bull's Only Rodeo" at the Lakeside Rodeo arena on July 21. Rodeos began to help cowboys hone their skills and, in the case of bull-riding, showcase their bravado. Isn't this the original extreme sport?

YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP OFFERED AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE, AUGUST 6-9

 
July 31, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Athletics Dept. and Grossmont College men’s basketball coach Doug Weber are inviting all boys and girls entering the 3rd through 9th grades to Grossmont College’s annual youth summer basketball camp, from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, Aug. 6-9.

The camp will feature instruction on fundamental skills, group and individual contests and three-on-three tournaments, along with life lessons about sportsmanship, communication and goal setting. Cost is $75 per camper, which includes t-shirt, contest prizes and giveaways.

EL CAJON HOSTS ANOTHER CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY MEETING AUGUST 6

 
July 31, 2012 (El Cajon )--The excitement grows for El Cajon’s big Centennial celebration on November 12.  Another Community Centennial planning meeting will be held on Monday, August 6, 5:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, located at 195 E. Douglas Avenue in El Cajon.  City staff will again be sharing the latest in  Centennial plans.

COUNTY SELECTED TO HELP LAUNCH NEW NATIONAL HEALTH APP

 
$100,000 Prize in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Contest

July 31, 2012 (San Diego) -- Want to help save lives? Can you create an app? The County of San Diego has been selected as one of four communities nationwide to help launch a mobile app development challenge to help prevent a million heart attacks and strokes as part of the Million Hearts initiative. The County is gaining a reputation as a leader in health innovation with the county’s Live Well, San Diego! 10-year plan to build a healthy, safe and thriving community.

ASPIRE CENTER STORY SHOULD INSPIRE – AND CAUTION

 
By Rick Rogers
Host of Front & Center: Military Talk Radio 
 
July 31, 2012 (San Diego)--The big news recently for San Diego County veterans was both expected and relieving.
 
The Aspire Center, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposed 40-bed medical facility in Old Town, finally won approval. Local veterans suffering mental and emotional wounds after their service will finally have a place of their own to recuperate under the best care available. 

BOMB SQUAD IN LA MESA

July 30, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police and San Diego Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson unit are investigating a suspicious device at 5800 Clay Avenue near Amarillo in La Mesa, Incident Page Network reported at 10:46 p.m.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING WILL EXPIRE AT 6PM

A flash flood warning will expire at 6pm for east central San Diego county.  Earlier at 4:24pm national weather service doopler radar indicated heavy rain producing flash flooding, with one hour rainfall rates between 1.5 and 3 inches.  CHP reported roadway flooding in Ocotillo Wells.

 

FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED

 

July 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through 10 p.m. tonight for San Diego County mountains and deserts.  Up to 2 inches of rain is expected for mid-afternoon, along with thunderstorms.  The flash flood potential is moderate to high.

APPLICANTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION FIELD SOUGHT FOR COLLEGE DISTRICT’S BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

 
July 30, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Civic-minded East County residents in the construction field are urged to apply for a seat on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which monitors the district’s spending on a $207 million bond measure.

ATTORNEY TO MEET WITH ALPINE BUSINESS OWNERS TONIGHT FOR POTENTIAL LAWSUIT OVER POWERLINK

July 30, 2012 (Alpine) -- Alpine business owners have been invited to a meeting tonight, July 30 at 6 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center Oak Room, 1830 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine, to discuss possible litigation.  A letter from the law firm of Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP in San Diego states that Alpine business owners "may have a claim against San Diego Gas & Electric Company for business losses resulting from construction of the Sunrise Powerlink.

The law firm will discuss a potential class action lawsuit and advise business owners on the legal time limits for filing legal action to pursue their rights.

FROM THE CHIEF’S CORNER: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST

 
East County Magazine In House Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
 
July 30, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Though right now we are concerned of the high fire danger it’s important to remember disasters both natural and manmade can strike at any given time according to Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna of East County Magazine.
This checklist (whether at home or work) should help you prepare for most any emergency says DiGiovanna. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

FROM THE REAL ESTATE TRENCHES

 By Charlotte Reed, Realtor, SRES, CRS

 
Real Estate is my business...my only business
 
July 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –This week’s hot topics from the real estate trenches are: 
1- Scam of the week
2- Proposed "Good Faith Estimate Disclosure"
3- New Real Estate Laws
4- Free Light Fixtures
5- Current Mortgage  Rates 
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